London: Sold by T. Payne and Son... and G. Robinson, [January 8] 1785. Quarto. Newly bound in marbled boards with printed title label to spine. 1f. (frontispiece), 1f. (title), [iii-viii] (dedication, contents), [i]-xvi (preface), 8, 8, 9-20, 19-24, 21-56, 21, [i] (blank) pp., 2 ff. (section title, list), pp. -41, [i] (blank), 2 ff. (section title, list), -70, 1f. (section title), pp. 73-90, 2 ff. (section title, list), pp. -107, [i] (blank), 1f. (section title), pp. 111-139, [ii] (advertisement, errata) pp. + 7 numbered plates engraved by Delattre, Bartolozzi, Haward, Spilsbury and Collyer after Burney, Cipriani and Smirk, with the "Plan of the Orchestra and Disposition of the Band" naming J. Bates as conductor.
Very slightly browned; some minor creasing, light foxing, and occasional soiling and staining, especially to frontispiece, title, and dedication; minor offsetting opposite plates. With the autograph signature in pencil of the English-born early 19th century American composer and conductor Horace Middleton to upper outer corner of blank recto of frontispiece.
An attractive, wide-margined copy.
First Edition. Gregory-Bartlett p. 47. Cortot, p. 42. Eitner II, p. 246. RISM BVI, p. 191.
"[Burney] suggested and was entrusted with the preparation of a book giving an account of it [the Handel commemoration of 1784], preceded by a life of Handel. As a professional man, however, he was astonished to discover he was expected to do this without recompense... The Handel commemoration volume caused its author much concern and distracted him from his History, yet it has served posterity well." The New Grove, Vol. 3, pp. 489-491.
Joah Bates (1740-1799), conductor, organist and concert organizer, was "a fierce champion of Baroque music and particularly of Handel's work..." The New Grove, Vol. II, p. 284. Item #24927
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